September 2, 2014

Tribe to distribute more than $620,000 in 2 percent funds

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Standish Mayor Mark Winslow thanks the tribe for a 2-percent grant during the November distribution.
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STANDISH TWP. — The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe will dole out $627,888 during its spring 2 percent Class III gaming revenue-sharing distribution at the Saganing Tribal Center Friday, May 30.

Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier said government units in Arenac and northern Bay counties submitted 58 requests for 2 percent grants. According to a press release from the tribe, government units will share approximately $409,779 of the total distribution.

Cloutier said like the November 2013 revenue-sharing event, funding for roads was once again a popular request for government units.

“Infrastructure is a real challenge right now,” he said.

The four school districts in the vicinity of the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino — Arenac Eastern, Au Gres-Sims, Standish-Sterling and Pinconning — submitted 45 grant requests, Cloutier said. Roughly $218,108 will be appropriated to the school districts.

In the past, schools have largely requested technology updates. Last fall, schools received funds for laptop and computer lab upgrades, interactive whiteboards, new bus cameras and security alarm upgrades.

The $627,888 distribution amount is about $60,000 less than what was disbursed in November. Cloutier said the spring revenue sharing is usually lower than the fall event.

“That’s very typical, because November and December are typically our worst months, just because people are busy and getting ready for taxes and all of that,” he said.

The 2 percent distribution is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Cloutier at 989-775-4076 or via email at

fcloutier@sagchip.org.

Each year in May and November the tribe doles out 2 percent of its Class III revenue to local communities near its Standish Township and Mount Pleasant casinos. Class III revenue is generated through slot machines. According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the tribe, which does not pay state taxes, is required to share its revenue per a 1993 federal court consent judgment that set up the semi-annual 2 percent payment system in the state of Michigan.

According to a press release, the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe received a total of 108 government requests and 331 school requests between its two casinos.

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